Tax for new 911 dispatch center has passed

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By Shane Farley
April 3, 2013 - 12:50:41 am

Cowley County will have a new consolidated dispatch center for 911 emergency communications.

Unofficial election results show 2,044 people, or 58 percent, voted in favor of a quarter cent sales tax to fund a remodeling project at the south annex of the county courthouse.

Those voting no numbered 1,467 or 42 percent.

The vote clears the way for a $3.55 million project to remodel the basement of the annex to house a consolidated 911 dispatch center. Plans include moving county clerk and treasurer operations to the building, which served as a bank until being purchased by the county several years ago.

Dispatchers working for the cities of Ark City and Winfield are set to become county employees later this year in an effort to combine a countywide emergency dispatch system.

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